Save our Virginian-Pilot!

Our fellow community stakeholders

Or communities need a trusted source of information to make sense of the events that shape our lives — from social movements to local taxes, from our childrens’ education to our government’s inner workings.

The Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press, The Virginia Gazette and The Tidewater Review are the region's most important sources of news that you can trust, and our journalists work hard every day to uncover the truth, demand accountability and tell you what you need to know to navigate your daily life.

Now, we need your help to save our papers so that our communities aren't left in the dark.
Across the nation, people are recognizing the vital role our newspapers play in our daily lives, our communities, our democracy. Join with people across our region and nationwide in calling for responsible ownership of Tribune Publishing newspapers.

Fight for truth. Save local journalism.

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Save our Virginian-Pilot

Tribune has gutted our newsrooms. You get less news because of it, and our community suffers in ways both large and small.

But there’s a solution...

Why A Locally Owned, Non-Profit Virginian-Pilot?
As a non-profit, The Pilot would join other legacy newspapers such as the Tampa Bay Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Salt Lake Tribune who continue to thrive.

Our local reporters, journalists, photographers, and office management teams will be able to do their jobs—and end the creeping reduction of coverage we’ve suffered for years. The Pilot will be able to continue to provide the features its audience relies on.

Most importantly, The Pilot will also remain our public watchdog, dedicated to exposing government injustice and corruption. Freed from the pressure of corporate demands to deliver profits to shareholders, The Pilot can focus on keeping state and local government accountable.

Save Our Virginian-Pilot
Tribune Publishing has consistently put the whims of the stock market and the thirst for payouts ahead of its newspapers’ essential function in our democracy.

Years of buying out and laying off journalists while continuing to pay dividends to shareholders have put the company’s newsrooms in the position of deciding what towns and topics are covered — or not covered.

Last year, Tribune Publishing executives opened the door to a vulture hedge fund, Alden Global Capital, known as the destroyer of newspapers. Alden buys papers, loads them with debt, lays off staff, sells off assets, milks them of cash, then leaves them to bleed out. Alden is poised to gain effective control of the company at the end of June.

We need your support. Stand with us and help to return the Virginian-Pilot to the Hampton Roads community.